Going Into The New Year

Books already set to go

The good news is that I have The Cursed Earl uploaded and ready to go. I have the second drafts done for The Loner’s Bride, Suitable for Marriage, and Making a Realistic Publishing Schedule book done. I’m sending them to my editor to get a look through.

Since I have this much progress made on those books, I don’t foresee any problems getting them out on their release dates. The Cursed Earl will be out January 9. The Loner’s Bride will be out March 13. Suitable for Marriage will be out May 15. Making a Realistic Publishing Schedule will be out in January or February.

The Chaos Schedule is my new writing routine.

My life has become chaotic. My mother-in-law is dealing with some stuff. Father-in-law is no longer alive, and my husband has to report to work with fixed hours and days. I’m going to step in to help her out. There are other things going on, but it’s a long list, and I don’t feel like going into all of it on this blog. Suffice it to say, I don’t know from one day to the next when (or if) I can get any writing in.

A few people have recommended that I just take time off. That’s not an option for me. My writing income pays the bulk of the bills in my household. I can take a day here or there off, but I can’t take extended breaks like people are suggesting. What I’m going to do is revert back to how I wrote back in 2008-2011 when I had at least one pre-schooler at home with me. If you have small kids in your life, then you know that, at any moment, something unexpected can pop up, and this something will pull you away from the computer.

It’s just a matter of being purposeful with the time I have. I know I can do it, but writing has to be the priority. Everything else has to come second in my writing “business”. I realize the government says I run a small business, but writing is a passion so it doesn’t really feel like work. (Though it does feel like work when I have to get all of the bookkeeping done for the accountant. I hate the administrative parts of this gig. But it’s a necessary evil, so I do it.) đŸ˜›

I’m only going to get Meant To Be up on You Tube, Rumble, and Bitchute. I’m scheduling these chapters out in advance so I don’t have to worry about them later. I was going to put more romances up, but it takes a lot of time and work to do that. That is time I could be writing.

As for the other audiobooks I have in the works, I do plan to finish up the Wyoming series on audio. I’m already a good way into The Rancher’s Bride. I hate to leave a series incomplete, so I will do The Fugitive’s Bride and The Loner’s Bride. I’m going to go slow on these books, though. My goal is to finish the series on audio by the end of this year.

I was looking to do some short horror for fun, but I doubt that will happen this year. I am eager to wrap up the Writing Tips Series, which is why I put the Making a Publishing Schedule book up on the priority list. Then I can say that is done and focus on the romances.

While this final paragraph has nothing to do with changes with the my writing plans, I want to address it since I’m making a post about the new year and stuff I’m doing. I am now going to price my new releases at $2.99 to help people afford my books when they come out. I realize that inflation is hitting a lot of people (myself included) hard, so I decided to bring the new release price down to $2.99. I need the 70% royalty I get from a $2.99 sale to help pay the bills. (That’s why I can’t price a new release at $0.99. The book has to be at least $2.99 to get 70%, at least on Amazon where I am making most of my money.) I know it’s only $1 in savings on my new releases, but it was the best compromise I could come up with.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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